Thailand Trade Mission

The recent State Government led trade mission to Thailand was a very important and worthwhile initiative according to Burnie City Council Mayor Anita Dow.

Mayor Dow said, “The tours of various facilities and large industrial estates in Thailand certainly left an impression on me. As a community leader it is important to understand manufacturing in a global context and to appreciate the sheer scale of manufacturing in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). This trade mission has enabled me to better understand the challenges and opportunities for local supply chain manufacturers.”

“It is very important that the City of Burnie and local supply chain manufacturers continue to have a good relationship with Caterpillar (CAT). CAT has not left Burnie; in fact they have confirmed their commitment to research and product development in Burnie. This reinforces their confidence in the skills and capabilities that we have here in Burnie and the region. This mission offered the opportunity for local businesses to showcase their capabilities and to strengthen their relationship with CAT.”

“It is hoped, that in the long-term, local manufacturers will continue to be suppliers to the CAT Rayong plant and global supply network. The trade mission offered the opportunity to meet with CAT management, their local supply network and to understand the competition. We also met with representatives from other key manufacturing industries, which may lead to other supply chain opportunities, partnerships and alliances with Thai based Australian business for our local manufacturers.”

“Our visit to the Thailand Board of Investment was an invaluable opportunity as we were presented with information on the incentives offered by the Thai Government and their policy to decentralise economic activity in to regional areas. This policy has been extremely successful in stimulating economic growth and it is something that Tasmania, and Australia, could learn from – particularly in relation to economic zoning and developing manufacturing clusters.”

“The opportunity to meet with the Australian Ambassador, the Australian Trade Commissioner and key business chambers also allowed us to further promote Tasmania and the City of Burnie.”

“The Thailand trade mission was an extremely positive experience. I would like to thank all those local businesses who gave up their time to attend and the Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff and the Department of State Growth for organising this trade mission. New opportunities were identified and I am looking forward to meeting with the group early next month to discuss the outcomes of the mission and these opportunities further.”

For further information please contact

Janine Phillips
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728